Seattle Federal Office Building

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909 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

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The historic Seattle Federal Office Building (FOB) is an 11-story building that covers an entire city block near Seattle’s Pioneer Square area. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Park Service (NPS), United States Geological Service (USGS), and Veterans Administration (VA) are the major tenants of the building.

Building Information

Property Manager: Jeff Truax

Public Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

Parking and Public Transportation

There is no on-site parking available. Public parking is available at garages and parking lots on 1st Avenue and Western Avenue. Metered street parking is nearby.

The FOB is located one city block east of Seattle's main Washington State ferry terminal, which services water taxis on both the Vashon and West Seattle routes as well as passenger and vehicle ferries on the Bainbridge and Bremerton routes. King County Metro bus stops and SoundTransit light rail/train stops are also in close proximity [non government websites].

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment on the first floor.

ADA access is available at the right entrance to the building on 1st Ave. Ring the bell and guard will come down and open the door.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Park Service (NPS), United States Geological Service (USGS), and Veterans Administration (VA). In the latest (2017) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 88% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale.

Building Amenities

AMENITIES OPEN TO LOCATION HOURS OF OPERATION
U.S. Post Office Public 1st Floor, Lobby Vestibule M-F 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Vending Area Public 1st Floor, Southeast Building Hours

History and Architecture

Constructed in 1933, the Seattle Federal Office Building (FOB) was the first building in Seattle specifically designed for offices of the federal government. The designer of record was James A. Wetmore, the Department of the Treasury's Supervising Architect. Among its first tenants were 52 federal agencies, the largest of which was the Department of the Treasury.

The site the FOB was constructed on is significant in the development of the city. Prominent Seattle citizen A.A. Denny claimed that it was where he and two other city founders, William Bell and Carson Boren, first beached their canoe in the winter of 1851 after sounding (measuring water depth) the entire shoreline of Elliott Bay by using horseshoes tied to the end of a line. Denny subsequently built the first settler's cabin on the east side of Front Street (currently First Avenue), opposite the FOB site. The site is also associated with the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 that began across the street at the northeast corner of Front and Marion Streets. The fire destroyed over 64 acres and 58 blocks of the city's commercial center but was instrumental in the subsequent rebirth, building development, and growth of Seattle. In 1974, the start of the Seattle Fire site was placed on the State Register of Historic Places. Two plaques commemorating the event were placed at the northeast corner of the FOB.

Awards

Occupant Information

WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING

As a historic property in Seattle's Pioneer Square, we are excited to welcome you! We encourage you to explore and experience the unique features of our landmark building. This online resource provides FOB tenants with information on building services, amenities and systems. As you settle in here please take the time necessary to familiarize yourself with the content. We intend this to be a living and valuable resource to enhance your working experience.

FOB Building Amenities

The FOB offers a number of on-site amenities and services, including a post office, eating and vending area, joint use conference rooms and motorcycle and bicycle parking for tenants in garage.

AMENITY OPEN TO LOCATION HOURS OF OPERATION
Joint Use Conference Rooms Tenants 1st Floor By reservation only. Reservation made through the Building Management Office.

FOB tenants have use of the cafeteria, auditorium, joint use conference rooms, health unit and fitness center located in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, directly across First Avenue. Fitness center requires membership through the tenant group.

Jackson Federal Building Amenities

AMENITY OPEN TO LOCATION HOURS OF OPERATION
Cafeteria & Vending Public 2nd Floor M-F 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Snack Shop and Sundries Public 4th Floor M-F 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium Tenants 4th Floor By reservation only. Reservation made through the Building Management Office.
Joint Use Conference Rooms Tenants Various Floors By reservation only. Reservations made through the Building Management Office.
Health Unit Tenants (on approved agency plans) 5th Floor, Room 577 M-F 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fitness Center Tenants 3rd Floor M-F 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. (membership required)

Mail and Deliveries

USPS, FedEx and UPS services are available, as well as messenger and other deliveries.

Regulations

PROHIBITED:

  • Weapons
  • Smoking
  • Solicitations
  • Space Heaters

ALLOWED WITH DISCRETION:

  • Plants
  • Wall Mounted Items
  • Electrical Appliances (permit required)

Service Requests

Building Manager: 206-220-5055
(for improvements, reimbursable services, keys, displays, space modifications, conference room reservations, etc.)

Service Desk: 800-806-8145
(for mechanical, housekeeping, facility issues, etc.)

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